Sub-principle 4.A

Measure results


Why is it important?


Measuring results helps to demonstrate to partners and the community what is working, what is not and what needs to be adapted. Measuring and communicating results will lead to more resources, more trust and better development outcomes. However, results and data documentation can marginalise many and lessen accountability if they become too heavy or rigid and are not streamlined. Partners need to agree on a common measurement framework, how the data will be collected, the roles and responsibilities of each partner for collecting data, and how the results will be compiled and shared publicly. Trade unions can use their extensive knowledge and networks to build the most suitable framework that will focus on collecting results that can identify the impact, positive and negative, of the project to the local workers and communities and support the collection of data. They can also call out when the process becomes too burdensome.

Self-reflection questions
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  • Does the partner country government have an overarching results framework for PSE projects in its national strategies? If so, did you actively participate in its creation?
  • Does the partnership take into account existing national systems and results frameworks instead of creating entirely new ones, and new metrics?
  • Does the PSE project or partnership include complaints mechanisms and remediation procedures?

Actions to consider
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  • Support the development of monitoring frameworks at the project and policy levels, ensuring that roles are clearly defined and information easily accessible.
  • Support data collection when relevant. 
  • At the national and the global level, support national trade unions in the use of complaints mechanisms (of the multilateral development banks, Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and others) when relevant. 
  • When relevant, use the complaints mechanisms and ensure that other stakeholders and local stakeholders know how to use them.
  • Be clear and open when the reporting burden is too high and seek to rebalance responsibilities with other partners. 
  • Request funding and resources to ensure you can fulfil your role and responsibilities in the monitoring framework.
  • Acknowledge challenges in collecting and processing data and ask for support when needed.

Pitfalls to avoid
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  • Cease to inform partners when there are challenges in collecting data from end users and when data are not available. 
  • Disregard the tension between the need for streamlining indicators and the need for including diverse stakeholder goals and logic. Seek an appropriate balance but recognise there are no blueprints.
  • Miss to engage when the government reaches out to develop the overarching framework.


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